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A while ago, back when I was the most involved in the hobby of GW gaming, some, er, ten years ago (?), there was a lot of talk about something called beardiness.
Beardiness means, quite simply, to play only for winning, disregarding fluff. This could mean a) making your army list as powerful as possible, or b) playing in such powerful a way as possible. A person guilty of beardiness was a beard, an army made in such a way was considered beardy.
Note - and this is important! - that beardiness has nothing to do with cheating. It just has to do with using the rules to one's fullest advantage.
Anyway, I haven't come across this term in a while, and wonder what happened to it. Is it still in use? Is there another word for it?
I think its been replaced with cheesiness or some variation on that. A lot of ''beardy'' 40k armies have their own name as well-eg nidzilla/flying circus etc.
i use a range of vocab for such things "beardiness" "pure cheese" and "power gamer" being variations used by myself but beardyness is my favourite!
dont worry it is alive and well at GW St.Albans...
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Brits use "beardy" more, while "cheesy" is more American.
The French often use "Grobill".
They all mean the same, and they're all well and alive.
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I use the term "Power Gamer." I know what you mean. Story wise, the army has no cohesion, but there's a ruthless combo within it.
Honestly, as an Ogre player, I feel this way about giving butchers skullmantle and siegebreaker, a common combo. All the butchers' models have one handed weapons. Sure the more skilled craftsman will MAKE a model appear to have this, but very few players do. Even in the codex, if you look up Siegebreaker, it appears to have been made for a Tyrant, not a butcher.
This is why new codexes are made, I suppose.
It's a part of fantasy gaming. In DnD there have been characters that power game. Magic the Gathering has power gaming combos, and it looks like even Warhammer couldn't escape the cleverness of the powergamers.
I think it's because the age of gamers has lowered. They know what cheese is but couldn't manage a beard if they tried.
No more NG spearmen, thanks! Now I need some pump-wagons!
I don't understand the brit variant.
I have a goatee, but I play for fluff dammit!
Several years ago, at least on my end of the isogloss, I remember "cheesy" being the most widely used term. There was a guy, who amongst other things fielded ridiculously "cheesy" Vampire counts and 'Nid armies... to the point that we kept telling him he needed to get one of the cheetos "Dangerously Cheesy" shirts. I think the local group even bought him one of the shirts, which he wore at one of our tournaments.
Anywho, "Cheesy" was the most common thing I'd heard in my area for the longest time. Now, it seems that "beardy" has more or less replaced it in frequency of use... to the point that I think "beardy" before I think "cheesy".